If you are doing research before joining the more than 80,000 customers that have rented our camping and travel gear, or have already received your camping gear rental package from us, here's where you can learn about the operation or setup of a specific camping or travel gear item before you head out on your next trip.

The information below provides more details on how to operate the portable camping heater we rent, but we encourage you to give us a call or find more resources online if more details are needed. For more information on this rental item including rates, check out the main product page at Rent a Portable Heater. There are more how-to pages on nearly all of our most popular rental items; find most at our video and user guide to rentals main page .

The heater we send as part of your rental order typically comes as 2 parts - the heater and a stand for the fuel canister.

rent a portable heater

The type of fuel used in all of the propane-powered stoves and heaters we rent is this standard, approximately 1-liter container available at most outdoor stores, hardware, grocery and big-box retailers.  Expect each bottle to cost about $4-5.

propane heater rental for camping

The propane canister is threaded directly into the bottom of the heater.  Be careful to not cross-thread the connection, and hand-tighten only.  Each canister will generate heat for a total time of about 5 hours. 

camping heater rental     setup of the camping heater we rent

Once the fuel connection is made, there are only 2 controls to deal with - on (red) and off (black)

controls for propane heater 

To ignite the heater, press the red button in far enough until you hear it click - that is the igniter - and see a small pilot light as shown.  Continue to hold the red button in for about 30 seconds in total.  Once you let go, the heater should remain powered on and emit heat

igniting the rented camp heater       hire heater for cold weather camping

As with any heater, some of the surface area will be extremely hot and is a danger for burns.  There is a tilt-detector built in that will protectively turn off the unit if it is at an angle.  The heater can turned off manually by pressing the black button.  Due to danger of melting tent fabrics and potential fire, do not use this heater inside a tent - it is for outside use only.